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Toilet Paper Roll Art

Last updated: Jul 30, 2012


You'll never believe what this is made of . . . toilet paper rolls! We all have them, and most of us throw those cardboard centers away. Why not save them and turn them into wall art or a mobile? You can also enlist older family members to help assemble this easy and impressive art project.

What you'll need:

  • Toilet paper rolls (aim for at least 100)
  • A hot glue gun (there's a new low-heat type so you're less likely to burn your fingers)
  • Spray-paint (if desired)
  • Nails or wire to hang your art

Why it's great:

  • If you're on a budget and you have a large, blank wall, this easy art project can save you big bucks -- as well as serve as a conversation starter.

How to do it:

  • Collect all the rolls you think you'll need (more is better).
  • Cut them into 1-inch sections. You can even have various thicknesses.
  • Leave them round or squeeze them into a petal shape.
  • Lay them on some newspaper or a painter's cloth and spray-paint them on the outside. Consider going with gold, silver, or bronze -- or a pop of color. Or you can leave them natural.
  • Decide on your basic pattern, but allow the project to evolve. Just lay it all out the way you want it before you start hot-gluing.
  • How will you hang it? Try hot gluing some fishing line or lightweight wire on the back, or tack several small nails in your wall at strategic points.
  • You can also turn your sculpture into table art or a mobile.